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I just finished Wolfenstein: Old Blood and I am currently enjoying Wolfenstein: The New Order. It seemed to me that both game released with some acclaim, but without much attention. Perhaps that’s due to the general public experience with the game being similar to my own.

Wolfenstein is a very competent game. However, in all of its systems, the game simply does not excel in anything. It is good in many things, but I certainly felt it lacking in many some indescribable way, where the game refuses to stick with me.

For those who don’t know, Wolfenstein: The New Order is almost a reboot of the series, where you fight the Nazis in 1960 after they already won the war. It is set in an alternate timeline rife with potential. However, this potential is considerably wasted, and that’s where I think most of the game weaknesses are.

It simply doesn’t do much with its story.

B. J. is supposed to be a stereotype of sort, but he shows glimpses of personality. Anya is a character the game attempts, and succeeds, in making us care about, but is handled with the subtlety of a jackhammer.

The story progresses like B. J. cutting through paper, with the sense of gravity in the setting all gone when a handful of people can upset the regime that won against the world. I feel that sloppiness in the storytelling spells similarly to the gameplay, where all systems are well, but it doesn’t go the heights you feel the game is capable off.

Ultimately, Wolfenstein is a good game that looks like it could be much better than it actually is.

*- I have never tried Magic: The Gathering trading card game, and never was part of any trading card game scene outside of individula videogames. Which makes me appreciate the kind of guide Bass wrote here is it looks to be an excellent guide if I ever want to become part of the scene.

S- Check out the latest comments of the week by the excellent COTW team.

Let us kill some Nazis

Wait a minute, where did this robot dog come from

R- Devil May Cry is one of the pioneering (if not THE pioneer) gaes for the Character Action genre in 3D, and Kerrik52 writes an excellent review about this monumently important game. Nearly as iconic as the game it was originally a prototype off.

F- Relatively new blogger, XBleed is sharing his love for the Ragnarok manga by explaining to us how he got into it in the first place.

Also, don't we kill Nazis in like, every other game

Not all Nazis carry mini-guns though
I just finished the Sega Genesis reviews series, and with that I have finished reviewing both major fourth generation consoles. With that done, I am now moving on to review the fifth generation of consoles, starting with the Saturn.

Stay tuned for the first review to hit.

Anyway, here are the games I am currently playing. Those in bold I am going to review when completed:
  • Little King's Story (Wii).
  • Bug! (Saturn).
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U).
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4).
  • Wooden Sen'SaY (Wii U).
  • Culdcept: Revolt (3DS).

Also, here are my latest reviews:

Here is my conclusion for the Genesis:

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Last week, in the quick posts of Destructoid's community, we saw the rise and fall of community manager Wesley J. Russow. He rose to prominence with his immutable power, only to see it come crashing down as the working class clambered beneath him and tore him down. Truly, the life and times of Westopher G. Raggamuffins was a lesson in live fast, burn hot, crash spectacularly.

Wes went from community darling to lovable despot over the course of a few days. It was a thing of beauty to behold. Truly, nothing is better to witness than a real-life heel turn. Wrestling is nothing without these terms after all. A "Face" is a good guy wrestler who fights the man, stands up for the little guy, and fights fairly while still winning. A "Heel", on the other hand, is a despicable, dastardly villain or even anti-hero. I loved Kurt Angle's antics as this gold medal Olympic winner turned wrestler who wasn't necessarily as likable as his gold medals imply. I loved hating that guy! A good heel is fun to hate, and there's nothing quite like the gasp of shock when watching the turn, when a face uses dirty tricks and turns into a heel.

Let me ask you this: is Kratos a hero? Before we see Kratos return in what I'd call Dad of War, let's not forget Kratos’ sordid past as a hero. In the first game, it was a revenge tale. It was a story of a mythical Spartan warrior who wanted revenge on the God of War who betrayed him. But as the series went on, it became a story about the lengths Kratos would go to justify his vendetta against people who wronged him. He would literally destroy the world just to destroy his enemies. Sure, we played as him, and we were taken on a ride, but would you really put your bet behind him and say, "Yeah, look at that hero!"

This month's Bloggers Wanted is about your favorite heel-turns or anti-heroes (in case a heel turn is too specific). Do you like it when Ryu turns into Evil Ryu? Or maybe you like Injustice, with its built in heel-turn Superman? I won't claim to understand the time line of Revolver Ocelot between Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriots, but I love that knucklehead.

To participate, just start a blog in our community section and title it "Heel-turn: [your blog title here]." Write to your heart's content, and if its up to snuff, you'll see your stuff published on the front page! Just remember, you're telling us about your favorite heel-turns and anti-heroes, not becoming one yourself, like Wes. Rest in spaghetti, never forghetti.

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